About Kay Sohl

Kay Sohl brings over 30 years successful experience providing consulting, training, and facilitation for nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, and corporate community engagement programs. Her expertise includes:

  • Strategic planning
  • Board development
  • Nonprofit sustainability strategies
  • Organizational assessment and capacity building strategies
  • Financial management
  • Federal funds management and compliance issues
  • Obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status
  • Evaluation and accountability strategies

Kay has provided consultation and training for boards of directors and management of over 5,000 nonprofit organizations. She is widely recognized for her ability to make technical and financial information accessible to diverse, non-technical, or non-fiscally trained groups.

Kay is a frequent presenter for state, regional and national conferences of nonprofit leaders, accounting and legal professionals serving nonprofits, and state and local agency officials responsible for funding and monitoring federal funds. She has consulted with foundations and governmental funding agencies on strategies to support capacity building in community-based organizations.

Kay has worked with a wide variety of nonprofits from start-ups to those with many years of service and large, complex budgets. She has worked with organizations, coalitions, and associations focusing on affordable housing, child care, child abuse intervention services, domestic violence services, as well as numerous nonprofits engaged in advocacy and social enterprise/business ventures.

Kay co-founded and served as Executive Director of TACS (now known as NAO – the Nonprofit Association of Oregon), the Northwest's largest resource for nonprofit capacity building assistance. She has provided leadership in the development of management support organizations throughout the northwest, developing consulting and training services to address the challenges of management, governance, funding and planning in community based nonprofits. .

Kay is co-author of The Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook. Now it its fifth edition with over 10,000 copies sold, the handbook is the only complete how-to guide for Oregon nonprofits, and includes extensive information for professional nonprofit managers, lawyers, accountants, consultants, and board members.

Education and Professional Preparation

  • Licensed as Public Accountant, February 1979
  • Passed Uniform CPA Exam, November 1978
  • Portland State University, Post-Baccalaureate Study in Accounting and Business Law, 1976-1978
  • Reed College, Master of Arts in Teaching, 1971
  • University of California, Berkeley, California, A.B. in Literature, 1969
  • Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio, 1964-1967

Awards and Honors

  • 2008 Barbara Stallcup Miller Professional Achievement Award of the Willamette Valley Development Officers
  • PGE/ News Channel 8 – Citizens Who Care Award
  • Oregon CDC Industry, Outstanding Partner: Association of Oregon Community Development Organizations
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha of California

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Peninsula Children's Center
  • AICPA National Not-for-Profit Industry Conference Planning Committee
  • Oregon Society of CPAs Not-for-Profit Committee, Vice Chair for Knowledge Network
  • Founder/ Facilitator, Nonprofit Fiscal Managers' Association and Executive Director's Network
  • Founder/Facilitator, Community Action Agencies Financial Management Network
  • Quality Reporting Initiative Task Force, United Way of America, American Institute of CPAs, and CompassPoint